Emergency Treatment for a Sports Injury
A lot of people get sports injury every year in the USA. To be safe on and off the field you do not have to be a professional physician. The following are the ways on how you can be able to treat the most common sports injuries before they can get worse.
If you get a sports injury the first thing that you will have to do is to stop what you were doing immediately. The first sign that you will be able to notice when you are injured is the sudden pain that comes with the injury. The key to first treating the sports injury is to reduce any further damage that may come to you by immediately stopping what you are doing. After you stopped going what you were doing you will then need to take a rest. You should not try to push through the pain and continue with what you were doing because it may make things even worse. To not delay the healing process you should not try to push with what you were doing.
Find a way to stop the swelling after you have stopped working. There will be swelling in the area that is injured. Your use of muscle will be lost if you get a sports injury and it swells. If the injury is soft tissue like bruises, strains, and even tears the best way to treat them is to prevent or stop and bring down the swelling. To stop blood from pooling on the damaged tissues you will have to apply ice directly to the injured area.
With cuts and abrasions the first treatment will be to stop the bleeding completely to ensure that there is no more blood that is flowing out. Wash the cut area with water and soap then cover it with a bandage. When you have much deeper wounds you may need even stitches which will help you to walk to the hospital where you will be able to get a much better assistant for your wound. When you are going to the hospital you may consider using a butterfly bandage to hold the wound shut which will be able to avoid any more blood loss.
You will start to heal after you have applied ice on the injured area. You should visit a doctor if after the 24 hours the wound is still swelling. You should start stretching and massaging the area that was hurt after the healing has begun. The stretching will be able to help reduce adhesions and scar tissue which will be able to improve your muscle function. You should increase the use of the injured joint and muscles without forcing them to prevent reinjuring the area. The points that are discussed in the above context are the first aid treatments for a sports injury that you may have.